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About the Blues

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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Julie London wasn't really a jazz singer, but she possessed a definite jazz feeling and many of her finest albums such as Julie Is Her Name and Julie...At Home feature small-group jazz backings. About the Blues was aimed at the 1950s pop market, but it may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London's specialty, the album features an excellent selection of nocturnal but classy blues songs that play to her subtle strengths instead of against them. Likewise, Russ Garcia's clever arrangements bleed jazz touches and short solos over the solitary strings and big-band charts. Like June Christy, London usually included a couple of new songs in with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Julie London wasn't really a jazz singer, but she possessed a definite jazz feeling and many of her finest albums such as Julie Is Her Name and Julie...At Home feature small-group jazz backings. About the Blues was aimed at the 1950s pop market, but it may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London's specialty, the album features an excellent selection of nocturnal but classy blues songs that play to her subtle strengths instead of against them. Likewise, Russ Garcia's clever arrangements bleed jazz touches and short solos over the solitary strings and big-band charts. Like June Christy, London usually included a couple of new songs in with a selection of standards, and her husband, Bobby Troup, wrote two excellent numbers for the album. One of them, the emotionally devastating "Meaning of the Blues," is the album's highlight, and was turned into a jazz standard after Miles Davis recorded it the same year for Miles Ahead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
  • EAN: 4988006808140
  • Catalog Number: 9497

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julie London Primary Artist
Russell Garcia Conductor
Technical Credits
Russell Garcia Arranger
Bobby Troup Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Roger Miller Composer
David Bennett Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Val Valentin Engineer
James Gavin Liner Notes
Chauncey Gray Composer
Bert Lown Composer
Ted Keep Engineer
Alex de Paola Cover Photo
Doris Fisher Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Frederick Hamm Composer
Williams Composer
Arthur Gershwin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT REISSUE

    This is one of Julie's earliest albums and each one conveys the blues. What is nice about this reissue is the inclusion of her single "Baby Baby All the Time" and "Shadow Woman". Julie was something else.

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